Welcome to the Book Marks Questionnaire, where we ask authors questions about the books that have shaped them.
This week, we spoke to Simon the Fiddler author Paulette Jiles.
Book Marks: First book you remember loving?
Paulette Jiles: The Boxcar Children. Survival adventure, no adults around!
BM: Favorite re-read?
PJ: River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay. It is magical.
BM: Book that blew your mind?
PJ: Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses.
BM: Last book you read?
PJ: High Albania, written in early 1900’s, a woman exploring Albania, alone, with of course guards and escorts and a pistol. Loved it.
BM: A book that made you cry?
PJ: Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes.
BM: What book would you like to give a shout-out to?
PJ: The Secret Knowledge of Water by Craig Childs—a book of the deserts and their hidden waters, amazing.
BM: Classic book you hate?
PJ: Anything by Balzac.
BM: Favorite book no one has heard of?
PK: The Sheltering Desert by Henno Martin.
BM: Book you’re reading right now?
PJ: The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson.
BM: Favorite children’s book?
PJ: Little Women.
BM: Book you wish would be adapted for a film/tv show?
PJ: High Albania.
BM: Favorite book of the 21st century?
PJ: The Martian by Andy Weir, kept me up all night.
BM: Favorite book you were assigned in high school?
PJ: Poetry, all and any.
Paulette Jiles is a novelist, poet, and memoirist. She is the author of Cousins, a memoir, and the novels Enemy Women, Stormy Weather, The Color of Lightning, Lighthouse Island, and News of the World, which was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award. She lives on a ranch near San Antonio, Texas.
Paulette Jiles’ Simon the Fiddler is out now from William Morrow